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in the debate when romney said he would eliminate funding for pbs. would your children be forced to go without seasame street and the gang if government spending stopped differenting money to pbs? the woman who runs the workshop said it wouldn't come to that. >> the workshop receives very, very little funding pbs. when they always tout out big bird and say we will kill big bird that's misleading because we will be here. >> she said the workshop gets most of its money from product licensing, corporate under writing and sponsor ship. >> all right. you know call it good luck. the orioles, bump into a museum. we are getting a quick lesson on sports history. just go to sports legends museum next door to orioles park. tonight we show off the great collection. >> reporter: for all the memorable moments, milestones and stories still being written, sports play a big role in many marylanders lives. some of our heros are recognized by their haircut, others by just the first name and some by just a number. toyed you can find most of that history in the old camden station, camden yards. >> we use any a
round. >> mr. romney promised to cut federal funding to pbs in the last debate. next, the highly anticipated l debate onentia kentucky.n jay korff reporting. >> venezuelan president hugo chavez has won reelection. a crowd gathered in washington to cast their votes. venezuelans said that he the challenger by more votes.million >> it is disappointing. something we cannot control. it's a matter of understanding the system is not as democratic as they advertise it is. >> this is his third reelection in 14 years in office. >> virginia u.s. senate candidate george allen and then- tim kaine facing off. the debates will be broadcast live for 8:00 until 9:00 p.m. on our sister station news channel 8. pain at the pump for drivers in california. prices may leave a bad taste in your mouth. linda bell has more. >> and apple may keep the doctor prices may be about to 1 per pound.h as $ this year's crop was hurt by the weather. this is according to usa today, pricest says apple juice may surged 20%. california motorists facing prices afteras refinery problems. $4.66 a is gallon on average. pric
that lit up twitter more than anything else was a comment by mitt romney how he would cut spending to pbs. the debate was hosted by pbs' jim lehrer. >> i'm sorry, jim. i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i'm going to stop other things. i like pbs, big bird and i like you, too, but i'm not going to keep spending things and borrow money from china to pay for it. >> reporter: after the comment was made, there were 17,000 tweets per minute for the words "big bird ,," 10,000 for pbs. this debate really dominated twitter more so than either of the conventions. it was really pretty incredible. i'll have more on that and more from what the candidates had to say about medicare, taxes coming up at 5:30. back to you. >> really interesting. fall pledge drives have started at your local public tv and radio. >> big bird will have to take a pay cut. >>> we had a couple of former local politicians watch the debate in our studio last night. former congressman tom periello of virginia conceded mitt romney won the night but he may have to pay the price for his strong performance. >> his policy positions a
is on my list. i use that term with all respect. so i will get rid of that. i will stop the subsidy to pbs. pn i like pbs. >> that means you will gut our investments in schools and education. establishes the beginning. there are two more debates to go. >> governor of rally is working as a surrogate for the obama team, talking to reporters after the debate. back here at home, several college campuses have to debate what parties. -- watch parties. sheldon joins us live from johns hopkins university. >> we are about a month away from the election. a lot of voters we talked to seem to be passionate about both candidates. you'll remember from the 2008 election that college-aged voters were energized and excited headed into the election. based on the conversation we have had here, the same seems to be happening this year. >> the dining hall, it is never this fall. i think everyone is really excited for the election and the debate progressed more than seven it lasted as piled into the dining hall in the johns hopkins campus to watch governor romney and president obama. >> what is the mood on camp
bird because romney mentioned the bird when he said he cut subsidies to pbs. take a listen. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i love big board, i like you, too. >> robny would cut it. the comment, as you might imagine, received a massive response online. >>> george washington students held a watch party on campus tonight. most of the students we talked to say they are relieved the candidates are finally getting down to the issues and putting the attack ads behind them. they agreed this year the college vote will influence who comes out on top. here's what a few students had to say after watching the issues. >> like obama said, changing last minute. >> in the beginning, romney's five points are really along the lines of what my five points would be, but at the same time, the way that he want -- >> the vice president candidates will face each other later this month as well. >>> now todd news edge in maryland. a voter watchdog group says it uncovered voter fraud. the group election integrity maryland claims it found evidence that some people registered to
will want to use the detour. i'll track the commute on good morning maryland beginning at 4:30. >>> the pb&j tomorrow might be minus the pb. >> the re-call is expending to more stores and more brands. >>> and check out our abc2news app. an outhanding weather page awaits you. while you may need to look at it, coming up. >>> we think our daughters are the most beautiful keith -- creators on the base of the earth. don't fall for this beauty pageant scam. . >> if you have an american express card, you may have extra money in your pocket, they have to pay back $85 million to customers. it is a government investigation that uncovered illegal late fees, rewards promised and not paid and for discriminating against people over the age of 35. the refund will be spread among 250,000 customers and also the government struck similar deals with discover and capital one. >>> check your pantry tonight. the peanut butter recall got bigger. trader's joe pulled some from the shelves. more chains are removing more product, the recall from the mexico based company sundlin includes almond and cash auto butter.
by mitt romney about how he would cut spending to pbs. the debate was hosted by pbs' jim lehrer. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs and other things. i like pbs, big bird and actually like you too, but i'm not going to keep spending money on things and borrow money from china to pay for it. >> reporter: this debate turned out to be the most tweeted event in u.s. history. 10.3 million tweets in total. the big bird comment you just heard generated 17,000 tweets per minute. wow. mike? >> people are apparently passionate about big bird. >> reporter: who knew people loved "sesame street" so much, right? >> no doubt. i never doubted it. >> we all grew up on "sesame street." kristin fisher live in our satellite center. >>> every debate includes a little stretching of the truth so to speak. did mitt romney or president obama do that when they were talking about taxes? derek mcginty watched the debate with our partners at "u.s.a. today." take a listen. >> reporter: there was a lot to talk about regardless, a lot of facts out there, especially this $5 trillion in tax cuts.
to television. the moderator happens to work for pbs as well. >> i'm sorry, jim. i'll stop the subsidy to pbs. i like big bird. >> at big bird romney, he promised to run in the 2016 elections if he got 10,000 retweets. possibly elmo can be vice president. >> : a whole cabinet of sesame street characters. >> this several different parodies. >> i like big bird but i would probably vote for elmo over big bird. >> why? >> elmo has a great personality. >> i think grover has the edge. >> grover is grumpy. >> he's not empty. >> oscar is grumpy. >> that's who it is. its abeen a long time since i've tuned in. >> -- it's been a long time since i've tuned in. >> let's get to the temperatures. we have some rain showers working through the area. light rain in the district and as you get south here down into parts of southern maryland, we'll get into rain showers as well. waldorf, la plata, you will likely see some showers here shortly. this will be pushing across out towards calvert county. light showers moving across the city out towards bridge county and eventually anne arundel county as well. what is happ
last night. and 56% say they like romney better after watching his performance. but moderator and pbs anchor jim lehrer might not feel the same way. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop this to pbs. i like pbs, big bird and you too, but i'm not going to keep spending money on things to borrow money from china to pay for it. >> reporter: the two men will square off again october 16. bigad shaban, cbs news, denver. >>> both men hit the campaign trail today and the president will hold a rally in denver and wisconsin. mitt romney will be in virginia campaigning with his running mate. >>> last night we teamed up with our counterparts at our sister newspaper "u.s.a. today" for a fact check session. >> every statement the candidates made was immediately dissected. derek mcginty has more with the "u.s.a. today"'s political editor. >> reporter: there was a lot to talk about, a lot of facts, especially the $5 trillion in tax cuts. president owe bottom ma -- president obama says that's what romney wants to do romney says not me. >> his central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut on top
. >> good. so i'll get rid of that. i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidize to pbs. i'm going to stop other things. i like pbs, i like big bird, i actually like you too. >> of course social media blew up on that big bird comment. it wasn't long before a new twitter account popped up, the handle fired big bird. big bird even posted this picture of himself on the "sesame street" stoop holding a will work for food sign. >> so who was telling the truth in the debate last night? we'll do some fact checking when jonathan strong of roll call joins us in our next half hour. >>> some of the other top stories we're following for you this morning, a meningitis outbreak is killing people across the nation, including here in maryland and virginia. two people have died in those states, and the cdc says the number of cases has risen to 26 nationwide, killing a total of four people. the outbreak is a rare form of the infection stemming from a steroid injection used to treat back pain. now, the steroid was made in massachusetts. it's since been recalled. >>> a 17-year-old boy dropped his bro
, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs. i love big bird. i actually like you too. >> the social media blew up right away on the big bird comment. it wasn't long before a new act popped up, the new handle fire big bird. big bird even posted this picture holding a will work for food sign. >> thousands of people already follow that. it is crazy. >> it is amazing. 24,000 followers now just from that comment. >> it is amazing the things people latch onto and it blows up and it becomes a big deal. it was just a comment. but people do what they do. >> so somebody put that picture together, i guess. >> look at the poor kids. >> oh, no! >> he wasn't saying to get rid of pbs or sesame street. he was just saying it would pull away the funding that the federal government gives. but people take it and run. whatever. >> look at tucker. >> everybody loves big bird. big bird is safe. weather forecast, starting off with cloud cover. we've got some humidity out there to start your day as well. some warm temperatures but changes today. we'll get drier air working in later this after
president of children's media for pbs and has some advice developing socially and emotionally. it's a big cog in the wheel of trying to learn every day. we all worry about it. what are the things we can look toward to ease the transition. >> these social and emotional skills are the most important predictor of success in school and life. pbs has a new media program based on mr. rogers neighborhood but it's for 21st century kids. the idea is to develop strategies and practice them at home with your children so when they become angry, frustrated, disappointed, when they're anxious about a new experience, they have a strategy they can use. >> some of the things we keep hearing for our 2-year-old is that the transition is the hardest, whether it's just you're going to color now and you move over to a counting game. even that little transition can cause some stress. so when parents get them home after the day, how can you sort of coach them so the next day isn't so bad? >> 2s, 3s and 4s can be very anxious, we all can be when something is new. so one of the best things parents can do is talk a
is the fate of big bird. last night, mitt romney said he would cut funding to pbs to bring down the deficit adding he liked the sesame street character big bird but not at a steep price. take a look. >> i'm s jim, i will stop the subsidy to pbs and other things. i like pbs and big bird, i like you, too, but i'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from china to pay for it. >> following the statement, big bird fans flocked to twitter and facebook defending the sesame character and some parody accounts popped up, posting spoof photos of big bird and others, some too risky for tv news. the post debate coverage continues on www.myfoxdc.com. click on the fact checker to so how the candidates' claim stack up with the truth. it's on our home page at www.myfoxdc.com. >>> the conflict in syria is on the verge of growing into a crisis. turkey has continued firing at syrian targets. the violence comes after shells from syria hit a turkish border village killing five people. since, they authorized the country's military to conduct cross border operations in syria while turkey's
stop the subsidy to pbs. like big bird, but i g on thingsep spendin that we have to borrow money for.china to pay there was a picture of what big bird holding a sign on the internet saying we will work for food. he has gained $22,000. a spokesman person for twitter the debate was the most about event in u.s. history. >> he will visit virginia today. he and paul ryan holding a rally tonight with a country singer. president obama will return to the campaign trail. he will speak in denver and at wisconsin iny of madison. vice president biden visiting iowa. stay with abc 7 for complete of the presidential race. atk for us online as well wjla.com. >> per vigil tonight to remember of the sniper attacks 10 years ago. it's at the united methodist n gaithersburg to honor the 10 people died during the three weeks. john allen mohammed and lee boyd malvo were convicted. malvo is serving a life sentence in a virginia prison and his accomplice was executed. funeral mass today for a two sonsoman and her o were shot and killed by the father.'s family members and friends your last night for petersons
about the fight over pbs funding. greed,inals, blends of genius to talbert over them? man had the guts to speak name. >> big bird. >> big bird. >> another voter registration outside this metro stop. we saw both men in virginia on friday. the first lady in loudon county tonight. we have just got word from the obama campaign that the president will be in of thesburg for the end he pressed for the next debate. underwayher big race virginia is for u.s. senate. two former governors, tim kaine and george allen. they went head-to-head last night in a debate. allen onllenged contraception in to widen his lead. a huge jump from just three weeks ago when he only led by 1%. we will tell you who is relying on which voters to the white house. wanted to find out, what the number one issue that polls thisu to the november? >> jobs. [ barack obama ] i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. [ female announcer ] he says... president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. [ female announcer ] but this is what the e budget plan mitt romney supports actually does. more huge tax br
four more years. [ romney] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. . >>> i like pbs. i love big bird. i like you, too, but i'm not going keep on spending money on things to borrow flown china 350 topay for it. >> and that is one of the most memorable quiets -- quotes. as soon as it hit the airways, everyone was abuzz on twitter and facebook to have their say in the political showdown. he's more. >> i don't want to kill jobs. >> governor romney ruled out revenue. >> reporter: as the country buzzes with scorecards from the first presidential debate, it seems the biggest winner is social media. >> this is the biggest debate in terms of the use of twitter and mass use of facebook. >> reporter: wednesday's debate was the most tweeted event in u.s. political history; it was the fourth most tweeted telecast of any kind. about 11 million comments coming down fast on platforms like twitter and facebook in realtime. and who won and who lost also clear. experts finding more than 47,000 tweets mentioning gop presidential candidate mitt romney and the words win or winner compared to a little
night romney said he would cut subsidies to pbs even though he loves big bird. cecilia crawford was not impressed and wrote romney today by way of huffing post and said sesame street was her favorite show and said when i grow up, i'm going to get married and i want my kids to watch it. you find something else to cut off. today the ceo of pbs said sesame street will not be canceled even if there are funding cuts. now you have the news edge. as always, thanks for staying up late. see you tomorrow. >> fox 5 news isn't over. go to www.myfoxdc.com now for news, weather and entertainment updates. fox 5 news is washington's best news on air and online at www.myfoxdc.com brought to you by verizon 4g lte.
seconds before you stopped me. >> i like pbs. i like big bird. i like you too. >> the first presidential debate is in the books. >> polls showing governor mitt romney was the clear winner. >> welcomto fox 5 morning news. we'll get to last night's debate and all of our top stories. >> first, we talk to tucker barnes. >> how is today look something. >> well, we have a little bit of everything this morning. early this morning, we have the humidity, clouds and showers. later this afternoon, i think we'll see some sunshine and finally some drier air will be working in from the midwest. the same front is still kind of hanging out there right across the central part of the viewing area here and just to the west of it, we have some rain showers developing once again out towards winchester, front royal, culpeper, leesburg, all getting some light shower activity. i think we will have a period of rain around here for the first part of the day and a lot of clouds. we should start to get drier air in here and we'll lose some of the humidity that is reminiscent of summer humidity we've had around here
's comments about cutting funding to pbs. >> elmo has to watch out, too. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again, but he's going to bring down the hammer on sesame street. >> and finally, it's what supporters had hoped he would have brought up at the debate, the 47% comment made by romney at a fund raising event missing the portion of americans expected to vote for the president. >> it takes more than one party. it certainly can't happen if you are willing to write off half the nation before you take office. >> surrounded by supporters. >> we are strong and we're going to contin fighting forward. >> mr. obama hopes to keep the swing state of virginia blue for the second time in 48 years. >> if you'll vote for me in november, we will win a fairfax county again. >> at george mason university, surae chin 9news now. >> as you know, there are two more presidential debates. the next scheduled for tuesday, october 16. >>> the new estimate puts the deficit for the 2012 budget year at $1.1 trillion. this is the fourth straight year of trillion dollar deficits under president
at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer, anchor of the pbs news hour on your local public broadcasting station. thank you
'm jim lehrer, anchor of the pbs news hour on your local public broadcasting station.
travises back to you. >>> jim lair from pbs will be the moderator. catch the debate wednesday at 9:00. here on abc 2 news. >>> weather a big topic, people need to be prepared with umbrellas. the showers will be hanging around for a while. we are seeing them trying to slide in to baltimore. see what is going on with the heaviest rain towards the south and west. a batch of rain nows on the border of carroll county and baltimore county as of now. let's zoom in to the area. we will deal with light rain around reisterstown and garrison. this will work out of here, we have rain behind that. speaking of rain, there it is, if you are traveling in to virginia today, this morning, you could see heavy rain here, you are going to need the wipers on full blast through time. the the bus stop, that forecast is going to be a wet one this morning for the kids. make sure you dress them appropriatelies they have the rape gear, and maybe you could take them to school possibly, 61 degrees for a temperature. in to the afternoon, still off and on showers with the temperature around 77 degrees. let's get a check o
anything about that. >> reporter: and the president slammed romney for saying he would cut funding to pbs. >> we didn't know that big bird was driving the federal deficit. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney will meet again in less than two weeks for a town hall-style debate. for cbs news, the white house. >>> and tomorrow morning, president obama will be in fairfax at the rally center for the arts concert hall. >>> all right, we are following breaking news for you right now. people are all trapped inside and ken ken is live with the latest on that. ken? >> reporter: yes, we are talking about a three-story building. you can see what it looks like right now. firefighters are still hitting some hot spots right now. the fire has been knocked down. still firefighters here on the scene. the folks are still outside. and i want to bring in now the chief as well as the d.c. fire chief here. talk to us about what happened here. >> our units arrived on the scene from the second and third floor. we had a man jumping from the is educational background -- from the second floor. >> okay, you h
of bernie madoff. romney said he would cut the federal subsidy to pbs to reduce the deafcy. romney said this had shows misplaced presidential priorities. >> these are tough times with real serious issues, so you have to scratch your head when the president spent the last week talking about big bird. we need a president talking about saving jobs and saving our future. >> reporter: sesame street said they are a nonprofit, not political organization. they don't endorse any candidates. they have called upon the obama campaign to pull this ad. >> wow. who knew big bird would play such a role in this election. >> reporter: a month to go. >> who's coming up next, elmo. we'll have to wait and see. kelly, back to you. >>> you wrap up a nate -- night at the ballpark, cheering on the o's or ravens and leave your mess for someone else. do you know who cleans up? >> reporter: this is what we're used to seeing, the lights, the action, the excitement, but this is not what we're used to the piles of trash, peer cans and peanut shells, lots of me nutshells. the lights dim and that's when term man and th
, a gridlock in congress and even big bird. >> reporter: with the richmond pbs station hosting the debate -- >> i pledge tonight not to fire big bird and not to defund public broadcasting. >> that was the only light moment in the hour-long debate. his main line of attack is when tim cain accepted. >> how does a governor decide to take on a second job that sends him all over the country giving him part san speeches while over a hundred thousand jobs are lost in virginia. it will still keep virginia the best state for business in america. >> i'm proud of the fact that when i was governor at a very challenging time. we did a lot to bring new businesses to virginia and to have a profile that was significantly greater than other states. >> you can best compromise across the aisle. >> we have to have bridge builders. wheneorge was in the senate. he ridiculed to find compromise. i think we need people in the senate who know how to compromise and that will move our economy forward. >> on everything from internet access to screening of newborn babies and nano technology. >> reporter: the two candi
to be in support of that. one of the things that stuck immediately was he is looking to cut pbs. i can't imagine anyone going growing up without reading rainbow and sesame street. i didn't feel specifics. >> your former u.s. army officer, you served in the united states military. you now work in i.t. you are a supporter of president obama. this was a domestic issues debate tonight. what we didn't hear was any talk about what either one of these candidates would do in finding jobs for veterans. was this a glaring admission? we have a new generation returning to this country from war, but yet we heard no talk of how veterans were going to be provided for in jobs in this economy. >> fortunately, the president has a very clear record of supporting veterans both on the economic side and on the actual defense side. so since it was an economic debate on domestic policy, veteran job act, which the president strongly supported, which was to incentivize businesses to recruit and hire veterans who are just coming back from our wars, getting on active duty. also on the clean energy side, the president has
would make as president. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i'm going to stop other things. i like pbs. i like big bird. i actually like you, too. but i'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from china to pay for. that's number one. >> that comment definitely ruffled some feathers. in fact, someone created a twitter handle "fired big bird." he or she has sent out several tweets and pictures, fired big bird has already more than 23,000 followers. >>> the vice presidential candidates will face off in their only debate a week from today. it will take place at center college in danville, kentucky. the maryland congressman chris van holland has been playing the role of paul ryan. >>> the next presidential debate will be on october 16th in long island, new york. the second debate will take place on the campus of hofstra university and will be in the format of a town hall meeting. that means undecided voters will ask the questions. the candidates will focus on foreign and co-do mdomestic pol. >>> tim kaine is opening up a gap in the virginia
, jim, i'm going to stop this subsidy to pbs. i actually like big bird, and like you, too. i'm not going to continue to spend money from china to pay for it. >> someone even created a twitter handle, fire big bird. >> i think that resonated because big bird was a big part of my life, as probably a lot of people out there, and a lot of people associate with it. one little thing to note, nbc has done some reporting, the amount of money the pbs gets from the federal government is only about $100 million or so, which is a drop in the bucket to the trillions that are in the federal budget. so getting rid of big bird doesn't really solve the deficit problem. >> too bad 4-year-olds can't vote. >> fire big bird, my goodness. a lot of people talked about the candidates and how they did. but what about the moderator? jim lehrer pretty much faded into the background. should he have taken greater control of this debate? >> it's very hard to moderate a presidential debate. sometimes you do want to be that person who kind of fades away. you want to let the candidates be the main actors, not sometime t
republican prossial nominee mitt romney said he would cut funding to pbs but added he likes big bird. the much-loved feathered friend made an appearance on saturday night live over the weekend. here what is he had to say. >> so big bird, how did you find out that your name had been mentioned in the debate. >> oh, i got a million tweets. >> so you're on twitter. >> no, i'm a bird. tweeting is how we talk. >> silly. of course. when asked why he didn't comment on romney's plan to cut funning to pbs, big bird said he did not want to ruffle any feathers. stay neutral. >> stick to what you know. sesame street. >> and still ahead on fox 5 morning news, eating local isn't just good for the economy. it can be really tasty too. >> it takes a lot of work to bring the freshest flavors to your plate. holly is live in hollywood, maryland where they have beautiful sunrises apparently. >> i bet it is cold there too. >> she will show us how the oyster industry is making a comeback when we return. >> reporter: good morning, everybody. i'm holly morris. believe it or not, we are coming to you live from
cuts he'd make as president. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs. i love big bird. i like you, too, but i'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from china to pay for. that's number one. >> well, that has sparked several big bird twitter accounts and twit pics. one user has used the handle fired big bird and tweeted this picture. it already has more than 23,000 followers. the race is tightening in two of the bat ground states, according to the latest nbc news "wall street journal" maris poll. in virginia, the president leads mitt romney by 2%. that's within the margin of error. he led there by 4% last month. the race is even tighter in florida. president obama leads his republican rival by just 1%. and we'll have much more on last night's debate throughout the morning. nbc news senior political editor mark murray will join us live later this morning to break down what the candidates needed to accomplish and whether they were successful. >> let's go to melissa live at the news4 news desk. >> we've just learned first lady michel
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's not wall street you have to worry about, it's sesame street. >> i'm going to stopt subsidy to pbs. >> mitt romney taking on enemies no matter where they nest. >> with the presidential election four weeks away, there is new polling out. it shows the race between president obama and mitt romney closer than ever. tracie potts has more on that from washington. good morning. >> lynn, good morning. mitt romney is going to iowa today to a family farm before heading off to ohio where we'll hear his repeat his new campaign line. mitt romney has a new campaign line today. >> hope is not a strategy. >> reporter: we first heard it in the foreign policy speech monday. he argues, president obama's policies have made the world more dangerous. >> it's a risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> romney promised to create one point person to deal with the middle east, arm syria's rebels, sanction iran if needed, expand the navy and push free trade. democrats aren't impressed. >> i'm a professor. he gave absolutely no specifics. >> polls are now split on romney's po
tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings debate style between these candidates. even though voting is under way in 34 states. we'll throw it to the moderator. >> good evening from the magness arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour, and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three, two presidential, one vice president
, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderat 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues. and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15-minute segments, with two-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on questions, via the internet and other means, but i made the final selections and, for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments, as i announced, in advanc advanced, will be three on the economy and one eac
. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >>reporter: now, pbs' jim le hrer airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. you can see it here on abc 2 news. according to the most recent cnn/rc poll, when you factor in the margin of error of 3 1/2 points, this race remains a dead heat. >> thanks, charley. >>> if you want to watch those debates with a big group of people would which could be pretty fun. you'll want to head to gillman. they'll be hosting an audience discussion about the debate and the campaign as well, as well as historical coverage of important moments in american electoral history. so this event begins at 8:30 tonight. you can always check it out. it ends around 10:30 this evening. >>> baltimore county police have made two arrests in a string of abductions that have happened in the area. abc 2 news' linda stow this morning is at police headquarters in the county with the very latest. and, linda, any new information this morning so far? >>reporter: police have released the suspect's identities. they are 21-year-old kenyon waller and 25-year-old william campbell, both of baltimore
the debate to cut federal funding to pbs. ergo the big bird. tonight the president said "governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again. but he's bringing the hammer down on sesame street." reporting live in the newsroom, jay korff. >> a developing story on another presidential election. that is playing out nearly 2,100 miles from washington, d.c. but being closely watched by a lot of people here in our area. venezuelans went to the polls to choose a president and within the last 20 minutes, the results were announced. tom has reaction. >> literally folks in tears and very upset here moments ago when those results came out. the results out of venezuela say that the long-time president there, very anti-american president hugo chavez, was the winner. but i can tell you folks to my left here, they don't agree with those results. they believe that the election was rigged in that country. they're dejected right now but earlier today they were in a much different mood and getting the chance to vote they hope to throw out chavez. >> elina and
took at the sesame street bird.ter big >> jim, i'm sorry, i will stop the subsidies to pbs. i love big bird and i like you, not keep spending things and boring money from china to pay for it >> . several big bird accounts popped up on twitter last night. one of them include a picture of the sesame street character holding a sign saying "will work food." that accounts has received $22,000 overnight. >> we don't want to see a big burden lose his job. >> absolutely. he has been working on sesame street for so long d doing good job. awesome. >> a spokesperson from twitter presidential debate is tweeted about a political event in u.s. history. with abc 7 for complete the presidential race and look for updates at wjla.com. >> a developing story from fairfax county. a teenager's family members desperate for clues into what led to his disappearance. 17-year-old bryan glenn was last morning dropping his brother offense school. police later found his car at a park, but no sign of the teenager. john gonzalez is live this morning at woodson high school. is a student and was last seen. >> that's ri
. >> what about some symboimpson-. >> i will stop the subsidy to pbs. >> if you take such an unbalanced approach, that means you'll be cutting our investments and schools and education. >> taxes took over part of the discussion. >> a $5 trillion tax cut. >> another handshake and more smiles come at least until they meet up again in two weeks. smiles to end it. mitt romney may have the last laugh. two snap polls show more voters think romney won the debate. >> fact check time. the tax cut was mentioned several times last night. >> it kept coming out. the $5 trillion is part of romney's plan and it is king live over 10 years --and it is cumulative over 10 years. >> hallie jackson, thank you. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. will the presidential and vice- presidential debates have any impact on the way you vote next month? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> police are investigating a possible kidnapping. a man called 911 reporting a relative was kidnapped. the suspect was demanding m
opponent. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> pbs' jim lehrer will moderate tonight's debate from denver at 9:00 p.m. you can watch it here on abc news. a new cnn poll has this race as a dead heat when factoring in the three-point margin of error. >>> no doubt you have seen plenty of ads about expanded gambling here in our state. well, the washington redskins are now showing support for question 7. the team issued a statement in favor of building a casino in pg county and adding table games to the state's existing casinos. the representative says a yes vote for question 7 is a tremendous opportunity to create jobs and increase funding for public schools in maryland. >>> you have a chance to say thank you to those who have sacrificed so much just to protect us. baltimore's international association of firefighters, they are hosting a crab feast and it's all to honor colleagues who have lost their lives in the line of duty. it's happening tonight, if you're curious and you want to go, and it's happening at the baltimore museum of industry on key highway. the ceremony
of attention after mitt romney stated he would cut funding to pbs to help lower the deficit adding that he likedded the sesame street character but not at such a steep price. >> how did you find on the your name had been mentioned in the debate. >> i got a million tweets. >> so you're on twitter. no, i'm a bird. tweeting is how we talk. >> big bird kept it clean saturday night adding that he didn't want to ruffle any feathers. i imagine he could keep it clean. he has an image to uphold. >> big bird is all about kids. >>> coming up, speaking of politics, the political battle continues over the number one issue to americans this election season, jobs. on friday, the labor department reporting the unemployment rate 7.8%. the obama campaign is touting that number to show the recovery is picking up steam but republicans say the actual jobs picture is far bleaker. fox's doug mcelway has more. >> reporter: the controversy surrounding friday's release of the september unemployment numbers continues to swirl after jack welsh, the respected former ceo of ge tweeted on friday, unbelievable job number
: the obama campaign is trying to make a punch line of romney's comment about removing funding for pbs stations. >> i'm big bird. >> these are tough times, with real serious issues, so you have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving big bird. >> reporter: one of the note from today's poll, one in eight ohioans said they could still change their minds before november. >> peter alexander in the crucial state of ohio starting off our coverage tonight. thanks. >>> we are two days away from biden versus ryan. the next debate this time for the vice president and the man running to replace him, both teams spent today preparing, nbc's ron mott traveling with the republican candidate, paul ryan. >> today congressman paul ryan sparred again with his debate partner inside this florida hotel. preparing to square off thursday against joe biden. >> we think he's probably going to come at me like a cannonball, more pressure, because mitt romney put such a great performance and the bar pretty high. >> reporter: ted olson reportedly went back and forth in thre
to talk about things like funding for pbs and never had explained his position supporting bankruptcy for the american auto industry. obama rescued the american auto industry, our largest industrial industry, it never came up. on the very heart of the romney economic plan, on the tax cut, why did he insist on the deductions? they're not details, the president called them. they're not loopholes, they're mortgag mortgages, charitable deductions, state and local. huge issues at the very heart of the romney economic plan. the 47%, he let romney come out there as a guy who cared about people and social security. he's on the record with his fundraisers where you pay $50,000 to hear what he really thinks as using your phrase. he said these people were all moochers and bums. on health care, four or five times he slipped away. romney in recent days has said if you have a health problem, you're poor and live in an apartment, as he put it, we won't let you die there, you're going to go to the emergency room. that is the romney economic health care plan. at each point he said on pre-existing cond
is jim lehrer of pbs. the debate is structured into a series of 15 minute questions, many focusing on the economy. the economy gets the first half of the debate, with questions 1, two, and 3. then they move on to the topic of health care, which has major economic impact, the role of government in our society, and the final segment will be on the governing cells of the candidates. jim lehrer can assign the final questions. there was a coin toss to decide who would take the first question. president obama has won that and will take the first question. we would like to involve you in the process and talk about this important debate, what you will be looking for from candidates, whether or not you have already made your decision. most particularly, if you had a chance to ask a question on this domestic policy debate, what would you most want to know from these two men? let's introduce you to our first guest. from inside the debate are -- the senior political reporter for yahoo news, who has been on the campaign trail with governor romney. >let me start with a pc filed recently, is sens
would cut funding to pbs, but added he likes big bird. he made appearance on "saturday night live" over the weekend. take a listen. >> big bird, so how did you find out your name had been mentioned in the debate? >> i got a million tweets. >> okay. so you're on twitter? >> no. i'm a bird. tweeting is how we talk. >> that is so funny. he went on to say he actually was on twitter, though. when asked why he didn't comment on romney's plan to cut funding to pbs, he said he didn't want to ruffle any feathers. love it. >>> coming up, a lesson in mediterranean cooking with top chef mike isabella. >> we'll check in with the man behind restaurants here in our area to see what he is working on now. first, though, a trip back in time through the eyes of maryland's oyster industry. holly, good morning. >> reporter: mike might like to cook up some of these oysters here this morning, or might want to eat them raw. aw, shucks, go ahead. get it, shuck? we are indeed going to talk about the history of the oyster industry in our area and where it stands right now. it's all live next on fox 5 morning news
for the debate, taking jabs at his opponent's comments about cutting funding to pbs. >> for all you moms and kids out there, don't worry. somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. >> a resounding approval. >> bring down the cost of college tuition. we need -- >> janice likes the sound of that. a george mason university senior struggling to pay her way. >> i'm glad he is very passionate about students here everywhere. >> it is a dead heat in the too close to call swing state of virginia. the gallop pole has mr. obama with a slight lead, but a new poll out today shows romney with a 1% edge in the commonwealth. the question will be, can the president keep virginia blue? >> we will win a fairfax county again. we'll win virginia again. we'll finish what we started. >> at george mason university, surae chinn, 9news now. >> and the second presidential debate is scheduled for tuesday, october 16. >>> now we have breaking news for you from florida where there was a massive accident. a huge pileup. 30 to 40 vehicles involved on a highway overpass. all southbound lanes on i-75 shut dow
a fresh coat of paint. jim lehrer of pbs is prepared to moderate. andrea mitchell joins us now from denver. you know, they have three debates coming up. we're hearing that tonight's is going to be the most important. why is that? >> reporter: well, it's the first. wendy, this is the first chance we have to see these men face to face. they've been trading charges back and forth as well as their surrogates through speeches, stump speeches and also the campaign advertisements. this is going to be the first time they challenge each other. this format is designed to let them do exactly that. you'll not have opening statements. there are two-minute closing statements from each of them. but they'll be able to question each other, all on domestic policy. but we're told mitt romney does want to try to bring benghazi into the mix. they think there's an opening there to weaken the president by what went wrong in libya by that fatal attack. >> the race has tightpened nationally a little bit. two of the three battleground states is a statistical tie at this point. yet romney is still considered an unde
attacked romney's plan to cut subsidies to pbs and he said romney's positions were so different from what he said in the past he didn't even recognize who he was debating. >> whoever it was on stage last night doesn't want to be held accountable for what the real mitt romney has been saying for the last year. >> reporter: and again vice president biden gave the romney campaign another nugget to jump on. >> obama and biden want to raise taxes by $1 trillion. guess what? yes, we do. >> reporter: biden says the superwealthy need to pay more in taxes. romney says that would kill jobs. in washington, susan mcginnis, 9news now. >> forget the elephants for republicans and donkeys for democrats. there's an election going on in the dog and cat. the washington animal rescue league has this an its website. take a look right there. if you want to cast a vote for bark obama, he's the tricolor hound for south carolina. there's also mittns romney. 8-week-old little kitty cat. here's what you do. you go to warl.org and you can pick your animal. >> cute, very very cute. >> love it. >> that's election you
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